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Building Evaluation Capacity : 72 Activities for Teaching and Training - Hallie S. Preskill

Building Evaluation Capacity

72 Activities for Teaching and Training

Paperback Published: 19th August 2004
ISBN: 9780761928102
Number Of Pages: 392

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'Evaluative thinking is an acquired competence, not at all natural. This book offers the best and most comprehensive materials and exercises available for evaluation teaching and training. Students need practice to develop evaluation skills. These exercises provide opportunities to practice. Stakeholders need to learn to think evaluatively to participate meaningfully in evaluations. Every evaluation is therefore also a teaching opportunity and these materials facilitate the essential understandings needed to engage stakeholders. At the essence of all 72 activities presented by Preskill and Russ-Eft, from understanding different types of evaluation to making methods choices and analyzing data, is the challenge of thinking evaluatively. This book is a tremendous contribution to the profession' - Michael Quinn Patton, author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods 'This book is an excellent resource for classroom and field instruction as well as professional development' - Katherine Ryan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 'Finally, here is a book that goes beyond the theory of evaluation, or the question of what evaluation entails. Instead, it provides hundreds of practical approaches to actually do it. Beyond being all you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, this answers questions most of us have never thought about. It is a remarkable gift to our profession' - John H. Zenger, Managing Partner of Extraordinary Performance Group and CEO of Provant, Inc. Building Evaluation Capacity provides 72 activities for learning how to design and conduct evaluation studies. These activities address the entire evaluation process, including: / An understanding of what evaluation is / The politics and ethics of evaluation / The influence of culture on evaluation / Various evaluation models, approaches, and designs / Data collection and analysis methods / Communicating and reporting progress and findings / Building and sustaining support for evaluation. Each activity includes an overview, instructional objectives, time estimates, materials needed, handouts, and procedures for effectively using the activity, whether there are a few participants or an unlimited number in small groups. To help the reader locate specific kinds of activities, the book includes a chart that names the activity, the time needed to implement the activity, and whether background information or knowledge is required prior to implementing the activity. The book also includes several strategies for forming groups and a glossary of instructional strategies. This book is ideal as a text for evaluation courses throughout the social sciences. Students, instructors, trainers, consultants, and managers will all find countless ideas and strategies that facilitate learning.

"Evaluative thinking is an acquired competence, not at all natural. This book offers the best and most comprehensive materials and exercises available for evaluation teaching and training. Students need practice to develop evaluation skills. These exercises provide opportunities to practice. Stakeholders need to learn to think evaluatively to participate meaningfully in evaluations. Every evaluation is therefore also a teaching opportunity and these materials facilitate the essential understandings needed to engage stakeholders. At the essence of all 72 activities presented by Preskill and Russ-Eft, from understanding different types of evaluation to making methods choices and analyzing data, is the challenge of thinking evaluatively. This book is a tremendous contribution to the profession." -- Michael Quinn Patton
"This book is an excellent resource for classroom and field instruction as well as professional development." -- Katherine Ryan
"Finally, here is a book that goes beyond the theory of evaluation, or the question of what evaluation entails. Instead, it provides hundreds of practical approaches to actually do it. Beyond being all you wanted to know but were afraid to ask, this answers questions most of us have never thought about. It is a remarkable gift to our profession." -- John H. Zenger

Acknowledgments
Preface
Matrix of Activities
Glossary of Instructional Methods
Strategies for Forming Small Groups
Overview of Evaluation
The Politics and Ethics of Evaluation Practice
Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Evaluation
Focusing the Evaluation
Evaluation Models, Approaches, and Designs
Issues of Validity and Sampling
Collecting Evaluation Data
Analyzing Evaluation Data
Communicating and Reporting Evaluation Processes and Findings
Managing the Evaluation
Building and Sustaining Support for Evaluation
Reflections on Learning
About the Authors
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ISBN: 9780761928102
ISBN-10: 0761928103
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 19th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.56 x 17.88  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.69